Research Symposium Honors Six Postdoctoral Scholars

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By Research Communications and Public Relations

Six postdoctoral researchers received awards for scientific posters and flash talks they presented during Texas A&M University’s Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex.

The event observed National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, an annual celebration established by the National Postdoctoral Association in 2009. Research universities and institutions across the United States mark the week with symposia and other science-related events. This is the second consecutive year that Texas A&M has produced its symposium.

Thirty-four postdoctoral scholars presented research posters and 27 gave flash talks during the Texas A&M symposium. A flash talk is a three-minute lecture that clearly and concisely presents a scientific concept to a lay audience.

The event attracted more than 100 attendees, organizers said.

First place for Distinguished Flash Talk Presentation was awarded to Jacob Meyers, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, with second place going to Amie Perry, an anatomic pathology resident in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

First place for Distinguished Poster Presentation went to Samantha Bell, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, College of Medicine. A tie for second place went to Fernando Soto, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, and Amanda Adams, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Biology, College of Science.

Adams also won the People’s Choice award for her poster presentation, while the People’s Choice award for flash talks went to Estelle Martin, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

The symposium was sponsored by Texas A&M’s Health Science Center, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Science and the Division of Research.

About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world’s leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey (2015), based on expenditures of $866.6 million in fiscal year 2015. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit http://research.tamu.edu.

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Media Contact: Teresa G. Wilcox, Professor and Research Fellow for Postdoctoral Researchers, Division of Research, (979) 845-1331, twilcox@tamu.edu


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